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Suu Kyi to lead Myanmar team contesting genocide court case

Nov. 20, 2019 9:11 PM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar said Wednesday its leader Aung San Suu Kyi will head the legal team contesting a genocide case filed against it in the International Court of Justice over the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims two years ago that set off their exodus to Bangladesh. Myanmar’s military has...

At least 7 die, 25 hurt in Bangladesh gas pipeline explosion

Nov. 17, 2019 1:08 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least seven people were killed and another 25 injured after a gas pipeline exploded in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday, police said. The explosion at Patharghata area in Chittagong district collapsed portions of a boundary wall of a nearby building, local police chief Mohammed...

Myanmar rejects court probe into crimes against Rohingyas

Nov. 16, 2019 7:43 PM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government rejected the International Criminal Court's decision to allow prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Government spokesman Zaw Htay said at a Friday night press conference that Myanmar stood by its position...

International court judges authorize Rohingya investigation

Nov. 14, 2019 1:04 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Thursday approved a request from prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. A prominent rights group said the decision will give fresh hope to victims that those...

Trains collide in Bangladesh, killing at least 16

Nov. 12, 2019 4:53 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Two trains collided in eastern Bangladesh on Tuesday, killing at least 16 people and injuring scores, officials said. Local police chief Shayamal Kanti Das said the collision took place when the Udayan Express and Turna Nishita trains approached each other on the same track from...

Myanmar accused at UN court of genocide against Rohingya

Nov. 11, 2019 11:52 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Myanmar was accused Monday of genocide at the U.N.'s highest court for its campaign against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, as lawyers asked the International Court of Justice to urgently order measures "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately." Gambia filed...

Cyclone kills at least 14 in India, Bangladesh

Nov. 10, 2019 7:52 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A strong cyclone lashed northeastern India and Bangladesh on Sunday, killing several people in both countries after more than 2 million moved to shelters across Bangladesh's vast coastal region, officials and news reports said. Cyclone Bulbul left at least seven people dead in...

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as cyclone hits Bangladesh

Nov. 9, 2019 9:01 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A strong cyclone made landfall early Sunday in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people have moved to shelters across the low-lying delta nation's vast coastal region. Packing winds of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 130 kph (80 mph), Cyclone...

Used to impunity, Bangladesh elite face corruption crackdown

Nov. 5, 2019 9:04 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — As gamblers called out bets around craps and roulette tables at a sports club in Bangladesh's capital, dozens of black-clad security forces burst inside. Gamblers were ordered to the floor as police and members of Bangladesh's Rapid Action Battalion, which normally handles major...

UN chief urges Myanmar to resolve Rohingya crisis

Nov. 3, 2019 9:03 AM EST

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern Sunday over the plight of the 730,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state, calling on Myanmar's government to take responsibility by dealing with the "root causes" of their flight to Bangladesh and...